• The 2nd Reader is advised to read the Shorter version today.
  • The Presider may decide to omit the opening verses (1-4) of the Gospel.
  • He may also request others to assist him in the proclamation of the Gospel

              c.f. the text & directions etc overleaf.


Blessed be the Lord who brings glad tidings to the poor.

May the Holy Spirit who fills us with joy and consolation be with you all.


Introduction  and  Litany of Praise

Jesus began his ministry by making his own the words of Isaiah:

‘He sent me to bring good news to the poor.’

The good news is that God’s mercy is freely available to all those who seek it.  Let us now admit our sinfulness and poverty before God, for Jesus made himself the friend of sinners and the poor.    (Pause)

Lord, you bring good news to the poor.

Lord, have mercy.

You proclaim liberty to captives.

Christ, have mercy.

You set the downtrodden free.

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Lord God,

whose compassion embraces all peoples,

whose law is wisdom, freedom, and joy for the poor,

fulfil in our midst your promise

that we may receive the gospel of salvation with faith

and, anointed by the Spirit, freely proclaim it.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God for ever and ever.  AMEN.


3rd Sunday of the Year  – C

[Legend:     N – Narrator;     J – Jesus;   Attendant – Male in Civilian clothes]

After the 2nd Reading the Commentator (CM) advises the Assembly to remain seated.

The Chair Microphone may be placed in the middle of the Sanctuary –  towards the front.

One of the Readers takes the role of ‘ Narrator of the Gospel’. 

She proceeds to the Ambo at the end of the Alleluia. 

The Greeting ‘The Lord be with you’ is omitted.

The Presider can take up one of two positions – his choice.

  • During the Alleluia, go down to the first pew and sit there to await his cue
  • Remain at the Presider’s chair.


            Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit,

returned to Galilee,

and a report about

him spread through all the surrounding country.

He began to teach in their synagogues

and was praised by everyone.

When he came to Nazareth,

where he had been brought up,

Jesus went to the synagogue on the sabbath day,

as was his custom.

[The Presider now stands up, proceeds to the Microphone

and receives a scroll from the Attendant who enters from the side]

He stood up to read,

and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.

He unrolled the scroll

and found the place where it was written:

J      ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,

because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives

and recovery of sight to the blind,

to let the oppressed go free,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’

            [Presider hands back scroll, returns either to pew or chair and sits]

N      And Jesus rolled up the scroll,

gave it back to the attendant, and sat down.

The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.

Then Jesus began to say to them,

[Using the wireless Mic he proclaims the last line.]

J      Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.

N      The gospel of the Lord.

                                      GENERAL  INTERCESSIONS

P       In one Spirit we are all baptized.

As parts of the Body of Christ we ask the Lord to listen to our prayers.

CM    Our response is:  Fill us with your Spirit, Lord.               

Please repeat:

1       That those anointed to lead the Church may be prophets of truth and justice, let us pray to the Lord.

2       That the wisdom of God’s written word may be “spirit and life” for people today, let us pray to the Lord.

3       That the Lord may bless the initiatives of all groups and movements devoted to the promotion of the Word of God, let us pray to the Lord.

4       May we accept with humility that each of us is important in the body of Christ.    (pause)

          May we affirm one another’s gifts and encourage our sisters and brothers in the service of the community, let us pray to the Lord.

                        (Presider may add a Petition that is relevant / local)

P       Loving Father, your words are spirit and they are life.

Bring life and hope to your people gathered before you in prayer.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

God of the powerless,

we present to you this bread and wine….

signs of our faith and hope.

Through your creative Word,

that has been spoken to us today,

may we, who have been baptized into the body of Christ,

be anointed by the power of the Spirit

to continue Christ’s saving work.

Grant this in the name of the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Throughout his life on earth Jesus found time to pray.

Father, we turn to you now in prayer as we recite / sing:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord,

from words that do not convey the truth

or that do not commit us to do what we say.

Set us free from all sin

and help us to live the Good News of your Son,

as we pray and work

for the full coming among us

of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles:

“I leave you peace; my peace I give you.”

Look not on our sins but on the faith of your church,

and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,

you said to the people in the synagogue:

“I have been anointed by the Spirit

to bring good news to the poor,

to proclaim release to the captives,

to let the oppressed go free.”

Grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom

where you live for ever and ever.

Exchange of Peace      [based on 1st Reading]

This day is holy to the Lord our God.

Let us now greet each other in the joy of the Lord.

Invitation to Communion

Behold Jesus who comes to bring good news to the poor.

Blessed are we who are called to his holy banquet.

Prayer after Communion

Lord, You have spoken your Word,

and it became flesh here in our midst.

You have strengthened us with his body and blood.

Open our hearts to your good news;

fill us with your word

so that it will accomplish your will within us,

and bear fruit that will yield a hundredfold.

All this we ask in the name of Jesus the Lord.


May the Lord go before you to guide you.      


Be above you to bless you.    


Be in your heart and on your lips, that you proclaim him.  


And may the blessing of God,

+  the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

come down upon you and remain with you for ever.   AMEN.



Today, we receive the Good News of our salvation. Go and proclaim this by the way you live.

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